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21st-century Digital Storytelling

Tuition fee


EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
NORMAL prices after 28.2.2018

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In this course, we present and discuss digital storytelling as an innovative way to teach and do research in the educational sciences with the use of social media and connective technologies. In order to explain what new it brings into teaching and research, we will look into digital storytelling as a 21st century metaphor and analyze the term along the principles of metaphor theory. To this end, we will cover theoretical frameworks of metaphor in language, thought and communication. For the practical part, we will focus on how to select and use the social platforms that fit our needs and purposes. To this end, we will practice with building up and sharing online digital stories that are both contextualized and meaningful, and grounded within a solid background.

The main focus areas of the course will include:

a. Digital storytelling as a 21st century metaphor
b. The narrative element in telling digital stories
c. The social and technical agents in digital storytelling
d. Teaching for facilitating collaborative work with digital technologies
e. Digital storytelling for empowerment: innovation, voice & ethics

Learning objectives

The participants will be able to:
- Tell what the metaphorical use of digital storytelling is like
- Integrate a theoretically-based, contextualized use of digital storytelling in teaching and research
- Use narrative elements to construct a digital story
- Design and put in action a digital storytelling project
- Build their own digital stories

Course format and teaching methods

The course consists of lectures and workshops, and involvement in individual and collaborative assignments and group work.

Target students

Master’s and Doctoral students who are interested to integrate digital technologies in their research work and thesis and wish to get a hold of a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of the area. Also, teachers or advanced students-teachers who want to integrate communicative practices into research-based teaching with digital technologies.


Professor Hannele Niemi (scientific)
Dr Mari Tervaniemi (administrative)
Dr Marianna Vivitsou (scientific & pedagogical)

You may contact the course coordinators with questions concerning the course content.

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Apply now! Summer 2019
Application start
Dec 1, 2018
May 31, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 20, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.

Studies commence
Aug 7, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States